The Grave of Stella Marron

On my photographic wanderings, I came across this old photo of the grave of little Stella Marron, from the John Etkins Collection at the State Library of Victoria. Nothing was known about the grave location or the child in the description. So, it is the grave of Stella Veronica Marron, daughter of Patrick Ambrose Marron and Catherine McKeand. Born in 1900 at Booleroo Centre, South Australia, she died of epilepsy on May 14, 1903. Her grave, as shown in the photo, is located at Pekina St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, corner of Booleroo Road and Bouda Hut Road. A much larger version of the photo is available from the State Library of Victoria. Click Here (Tif, 3896 x 5767, 64.3m).

Acknowledgement: State Library of Victoria.
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1900; 661/376; MARRON, Stella Veronica; Patrick Ambrose MARRON, Catherine MCKEAND; Frome.

1903; 294/379; MARRON Stella Veronica Catherine MARRON (M) Frome

Acknowledgement: Trove (National Library of Australia).

GMCT’s New Deceased Search

gmct0GMCT (Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust) has upgraded their deceased search with new mapping. I’d have to say that it’s quite an improvement on what it was. Especially now that it works with the Firefox browser. Even more so with the inclusion (finally!) of the Preston General Cemetery. Another new addition is the Footscray Cemetery, which the Trust recently took over.

Like the SMCT (Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust) search, GMCT also now requires you to click to confirm you have read and accept the terms and conditions. If you don’t click, you can’t search. My view is that it’s not necessary. Just the links to the terms and conditions would be adequate. I find it annoying.

gmct1The mapping itself looks good. You can even search from within the mapping system for someone else and the map is highly detailed. I had wondered why the main search results up until the upgrade had lost the service date column, but you’ll find the service date (if in the system) with the deceased details in the right side bar of the mapping page. You can also print or export the map result. Furthermore, you can also export the deceased persons details on the right side bar to an Microsoft Excel based CVS file. Click the images above or below to open full sized in a new tab.

gmct2I’d have to say that GMCT has scored very well with this upgrade. Here is the link to the GMCT search page.

Grave Damage at Preston

This was news that didn’t make the news when Reservoir and other suburbs in Melbourne were hit by a severe storm on the night of the 30 January 2016. Reservoir was one of the hardest hit in terms of the damage, but there was another area hit by what could only be described as something close to a powerful mini tornado. The Preston General Cemetery was where it struck.  It was reported on the GMCT (Greater Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust) website on 2 February 2016. Click here for their report and photos. It turned a large metal skip upside down (that would take a lot of force), followed by the uprooting of a whole tree that fell across a number graves. Here’s some photos I took in March.